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Playing his part

Meilyr Tomos, a 19 year old student from North Pembrokeshire who was born with Down’s Syndrome, has presented a cheque for £1,500 to Christian Aid.

A talented musician who plays the organ at his local church, Meilyr decided to take to the piano to produce a CD to raise funds for charity.

‘I’m always ready for a challenge – I feel that I can do a lot of important things in my life,’ Meilyr said.

‘My mum, dad and I have supported Christian Aid ever since I can remember. We volunteer on the stall in the National Eisteddfod every year and raise money locally.’

Two charities

The CD, entitled ‘arbennig i anghenion’ (especially for needs), which is a mixture of hymn tunes and popular and traditional songs, has proved to be very popular with the public, as well as Christian Aid supporters.

The cheque represents half the profits from its sale. A cheque for a similar amount was also presented to the Down’s Syndrome Society, the other charity which is close to Meilyr’s heart.

Publicising the CD

Tom Defis, Christian Aid coordinator for West Wales, received the cheque on behalf of Christian Aid at a special service at Llanfyrnach Church, north Pembrokeshire, where Jacob Nyirongo, a Christian Aid programmes manager in Malawi, was the guest speaker.

Tom said: ‘We have been glad to be able to support Meilyr by publicising the CD through the media and website. Indeed many people requested copies after reading his story in Christian Aid News.’

‘Hopefully we can help to boost the sales so that at least another £500 each can be presented to the two charities.’

You can order the CD by emailing  carmarthen@christian-aid.org or calling 01267 237257

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